Centurion Medical Products
An evaluation and training resource for CVC insertion and care, created by Centurion Medical Products. PATIENTS LOOK TO YOU.YOU CAN LOOK TO CENTURION. The Guardian Angel ProgramTM draws on the expertise and practical experience of Centurion’s educational staff of nurses, under the leadership of Clinical Education Director Edward Korycka. Centurion has designed Guardian Angel to offer the most support possible in a short time frame that suits the realities and time pressures of today’s health care environment. The Guardian Angel Program is delivered through online and self-paced instruments that nurses can access at any time during the training period.
The program starts by offering both the leadership and staff of your care facility a brief questionnaire of 10 questions. The two distinct programs in Guardian Angel cover Insertion or Maintenance. Each program takes no more than two hours to complete. At the end of the pre-established time period, a report is provided to show who completed the program and is ready for the audit. Each staff member who completes the online program will be audited to support their compliance with the program’s care objectives for fewer infections and safer patients.
After clinicians complete the online program they will return to the clinical area with a certificate. Centurion can offer all or any part of the Guardian Angel Program to its customers: the questionnaires, the full training modules, the audit and evaluation, or any combination that suits your facility and needs. To learn more about the Guardian Angel Program, contact your local Centurion Sales Representative.
“Angel Island: ‘Guardian of the Western Gate'”-By Valerie Natale
Angel Island, with an area of 640 acres, is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay. 1). The island officially became a part of the United States in 1848, following the war between Mexico and the United States. In 1850 President Millard Fillmore declared Angel Island to be a United States military reserve. The post grew into the country’s largest overseas discharge and replacement depot: at peak recruitment times, four thousand recruits could occupy the island at a time, and by 1939 there were nearly three hundred permanent staff members on the island. Angel Island is probably best known as the home of the Angel Island Immigration Station.
More than one million people were processed at the station; most were allowed to enter the United States immediately and did not spend much, if any, time on the island. On Ellis Island, immigrants were welcomed to the United States, and the vast majority were processed and landed immediately. A missile site was completed in 1955, and Nike missiles were installed on the western shore of the island. In 1958 more of Angel Island was given to California for use as a state park. Tours of Angel Island are led by docents trained by the Angel Island Association, an organization that works to commemorate the island’s heritage.
The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation also works to preserve the island’s history, focusing on Asian immigration. A collection of poetry written on the walls of the detention barracks on Angel Island has been compiled in the book Island: Poetry and History of Immigrants Detained on Angel Island, 1910-1940, ed.
Kimber LifeAct Guardian Angel
If you have somehow missed Kimber’s recent advertising with their new LifeAct non-lethal self-defense tools, you probably don’t read too many gun magazines. The effective range of 13 feet is much farther than traditional chemical sprays, and the high speed delivery significantly reduces the chance of blow-back on the user. Since the propellant is pyrotechnic, as opposed to an aerosol, the unit can be fired in any orientation, and will not suffer a loss of pressure. Each Guardian Angel fires only two charges before empty. Once empty, the unit must be disposed of-it is not refillable.
Kimber sent me a couple of training units that were identical to the live units, but filled with a sticky blue die instead of OC. This gave me an opportunity to use and shoot the units, and even employ the Guardian Angel against a live volunteer! Following the simple instructions provided, the unit is very easy to aim and shoot accurately, even out to its maximum range. The propellant charge makes a very low volume popping sound, and the recoil is unnoticeable. Shooting the dye-filled training Guardian Angels at my volunteer test subject was very enlightening.
The LifeAct Guardian Angel is a unique step forward in an OC delivery system. If the advantages of this system appeal to you, the Kimber product will not disappoint. The Guardian Angel has a suggested retail of $41.99, and appears to be selling very close to this price at most retailers. The units are rated to last for 3 years, and Kimber will even send you a three year replacement reminder upon request.
Guardian Angel at the Hospital Caught on Camera!
Read this amazing true story of an angel sent by God to watch over a sick girl in the hospital. This pictures shows the glowing image of a guardian angel, captured by a hospital security camera. A couple of Wednesdays ago, I got an evening phone call from the pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital, in Charlotte, NC, where I work as a child life specialist. We had a patient who has really grown up in and out of the hospital. The nurse practitioner went to the nurses’ station to chart that she had taken off the oxygen mask.
She looked up at the security monitor that videotapes the double doors leading into the PICU. It records anyone who may be waiting outside the doors to get in since it is a secured unit. She saw a man standing there, and it looked a little funny to her, so she decided to walk down the hall to open the double doors personally. So she opened the doors with a button near the nurses’ station and leaned over to see him walk in, but no one was standing there. She pulled over another nurse and both stood staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there.
The nurse practitioner leaned in closely to look at the man on the monitor and said, ‘Oh my gosh. They pulled over all the staff of the PICU and the two praying mothers and everyone was staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there. The mother of the girl pulled out her camera phone and finally got a picture of the angel who was guarding the doors to the PICU. He turned out as a man of light.